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Πέμπτη, 13 Ιανουαρίου 2011

3,800 year old tablets from Larsa, in Iraq, tell tale of ancient tycoon

He served one of the longest reigning kings in history, bought up real estate like there was no tomorrow and at times did business under the authority of the sun god Shamash.

His name was Abum-waqar and thanks to new research by Professor Karljürgen Feuerherm, of Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo Canada, we now know his story. "It took me basically a decade to work through this stuff," Feuerherm said at a recent lecture in Toronto.

There are more than 200 tablets that show this man's dealings. Most were dug up by looters in the early 20th century and are now located all over the world with Yale University holding the lions share. Many of them have never appeared in scholarly publications before, much less in popular media.